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Putting Community and Sustainability into retail practice - a conversation with the experts

Presentations and discussion from Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals & Sustainability at the Co-operative Group and Amanda Long, Executive Officer - Marketing, Membership and Media, East of England Co-operative Society.

Torrs Hydro New Mills

New Mills is a small town on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, intersected by fast-flowing small rivers, which were the source of power for the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century. The Torrs, a gorge where the River Sett joins the River Goyt, is the site of a weir that used to feed water to an old mill which burnt down in 1912. The weir is still intact and, in the view of local community activists, provided the perfect location for a small hydro-electric scheme.

Draft Energy Bill

This consultation is from the Department of Energy and Climate Change 


On Tuesday, May 22nd 2012, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change announced in a Written Ministerial Statement the publication of a draft Energy Bill, available on the Official Documents website. The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee have announced an inquiry to scrutinise it, and has issued a call for written evidence.

Co-operative renewable energy in the UK: a guide to this growing sector

Co-operatively-owned energy generation is a vibrant and growing sector in the UK. Since 1997 over 7,000 individual investors have ploughed over £16 million into community-owned wind turbines.

This report summarises insights gained from visits to five co-operatively owned energy projects during the summer of 2011.

Greener Together Toolkit

The Greener Together toolkit has been designed to support people taking practical actions that create change around the themes of energy, waste and personal travel and to guide working with others through collective action.

Save energy and win prizes with new monthly e-newsletter

To help celebrate Energy Saving Week (25-31 October), Greener Together – the co-operative way is launching a new monthly e-newsletter packed full of competitions and incentives as well as handy tips to help those signed up to the project save even more energy and live greener.

Co-operative Energy: lessons from Denmark and Sweden

The report of the Global Watch Mission, published in October 2004 by URBED and Co-operatives UK. It investigates the roles that co-operatives in Denmark and Sweden have played in renewable energy projects.

Want cash for your community? New affiliate deal with Local United

Are you involved in a community group and would like extra income whilst supporting a new co-operative? Co-operatives UK member, Local United is offering some great affiliate schemes for community groups with the added bonus of switching to an ethical energy supplier.

OVESCO completes community-owned power station with just hours to spare

Non-profit IPS community energy company OVESCO has successfully completed

Defra publishes Framework for Sustainable Lifestyles

Defra’s Centre of Expertise on Influencing Behaviours has published the Framework for Sustainable Lifestyles at


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